Balsamine, or Touch-menot, the Impatients noli-fang L. is one of the poisonous native plants, growing in moist and shady, places, especially in several parts of Westmoreland, Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Wales: it is most abundant on the banks of cold brooks running through wood-lands, shel-d under willows and alder-s. Its stalks are about • inches high, and its yellow flowers appear in August.—See Withering, 263.

The capsules of this plant, when touched by the hand, burst and throw out their seeds with velocity ; whence it has received it name.

Balsamine Seeds possess the deleterious property of producing violent purging, when swallowed inadvertently, , especially by children; and inevitable death, when taken to any extent. Dr. Unzer asserts, that the bread baked in an oven which had been heated with, the dry stalks of this plant, poison and nearly destroyed a whole family.

In dyeing, the leaves and flowers of the balsamine, according to M. Bechstein, impart to wool a beautirul yellow colour.